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Lorenzaccio d'Alfred de Musset, Sarah Bernhardt (création 1896) – Vintage poster – Alphonse MUCHA – 1897 Sold

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Original vintage poster Lorenzaccio d'Alfred de Musset, Sarah Bernhardt (création 1896)

Alphonse MUCHA

1897

Alphonse Mucha has created this beautiful Art nouveau poster in 1896 for Sarah Bernard, the most famous French actrice from the turn of the century. "The character of Lorenzaccio, in the play by Alfred de Musset, is based on Lorenzo the Magnificent (1449-1492), the most powerful of the Medicis, who ruled the city-state of Florence. In the play, Lorenzaccio struggles desperately to save Florence, which had grown rich during his reign from the grip of a power-hungry conqueror. Mucha represents this tyranny by a dragon menacing the city coat of arms and portrays Lorenzaccio pondering the course of his action. Sarah Bernhardt adapted the play, first written in 1863, for herself, and the new version, for which this poster was produced, opened December 3, 1896. Never afraid to tackle a male role, Bernhardt made Lorenzaccio into the classic roles of hr repertoire"(Lendl/Paris p.18).

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